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Masons to lay cornerstone at new government center

The public is invited to attend a centuries-old tradition Sunday when members of the Free and Accepted Masons lay a cornerstone at the new Dawson County Government Center.

"It's a tradition of the Masons over the years, when requested, to lay cornerstones at public and charitable institutions, monuments and seats of learning," said County Commissioner James Swafford, who is also a member of Etowah Lodge F&AM No. 222.

November 30, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


City kicks off Christmas Dec. 9 with tree lighting

Santa Claus is expected to make an early stop in Dawsonville for the city's annual Christmas tree lighting Dec. 9.

Festivities including carolers and dancers beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex, followed by the lighting of the 26-foot tree at dark.

November 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Corps working to meet a court order on manual

The water control manual for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin has bobbed like a yo-yo in recent years.

And though one deadline looms for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the document's long-awaited completion isn't near.

November 23, 2011 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Fundraiser benefits boy recovering from surgery

A barbeque fundraiser Dec. 3 benefits a local 4-year-old boy who is recovering from heart surgery.

Proceeds will go toward medical and travel expenses Nathan Tolbert's family has incurred during the ordeal.

November 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Trashed ticket transforms into lottery prize for man

A local restaurant worker recently turned his trash into treasure.

According to the Georgia Lottery, Andrew Hunter won $250,000 after playing the Mega Millions with winnings from a tossed ticket.

November 23, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Tickets available for pheasant shoot

Make plans now to attend the third annual Dawson County European Pheasant Shoot.

The event will be held Dec. 10 at the Whitmire property at Goldmine and Nugget Ridge roads.

November 23, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Churches serve holiday meal

The local Alliance of Churches is expecting several hundred guests today for the annual community Thanksgiving feast at the Lakeview Center.

"We just know that in this economy that there's a lot of people that are struggling and trying to manage very tight budgets, who may not have the means to provide a nice Thanksgiving banquet type meal for their families because of money concerns," said Doug Powell, an alliance volunteer.

November 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Toy run rumbles through town

Santa and nearly 450 of his elves roared into Dawsonville on Sunday during the annual Buck Jones Memorial Toy Run.

Jones, a former Cumming police chief who also worked for the Dawson County Sheriff's Office, started the toy drive after seeing a lack of charities helping families with presents at Christmas.

November 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Florida woman is county’s fifth traffic death in 2011

A 72-year-old Naples, Fla., woman was killed Saturday morning in a two-vehicle wreck at Hwy. 53 and Elliott Family Parkway.

According to authorities, June Schuh died at the scene of the collision, which occurred about 11 a.m. Nov. 19.

November 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Pheasant Shoot to raise funds for center elevator

Make plans now to attend the third annual Dawson County European Pheasant Shoot.

The event will be held on Dec. 3, at the Whitmire property at Goldmine and Nugget Ridge roads. Cost of participation is $275 and includes breakfast and Varsity catered lunch.

November 16, 2011 | | LOCAL


War Hill boat ramp one of only two open

While lake levels are down, boating and fishing out of War Hill Park continue to thrive.

The launch ramp extension, completed in 2009 by Dawson County Public Works and Facilities, is one of only two ramps open on the north end of the lake.

November 16, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Ladies of Gold Creek, RIC Rack win best tables

RIC Rack volunteers and a group of women from the Gold Creek community shared the spotlight earlier this month as winners of the Bowen Center for the Arts' annual Lunch at an Artful Table event.

Now in its fifth year, the Nov. 5 luncheon featured creatively decorated tables and a full course meal.

November 16, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Governor to speak to Republican Party

Gov. Nathan Deal will be the guest speaker Tuesday night at the Dawson County Republican Party's monthly meeting.

Co-sponsored by the Dawson County Tea Party, as well as the Republican parties from Forsyth and Lumpkin counties, the meeting will begin at 6:45 p.m. at the Lakeview Center on Dawson Forest Road.

November 16, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Veterans honored

A crowd of hundreds lined the streets of downtown Dawsonville on Friday afternoon to pay tribute to veterans of all ages.

Held on the 11th day of the 11th month in the 11th year, the seventh annual Veterans Day celebration began with a formal ceremony at Dawson County Middle School, followed by a parade.

November 16, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Medals’ owner sought

A Purple Heart and Bronze Star are among a box of Vietnam War memorabilia a cleaning crew found earlier this month in a foreclosed home.

The medals were issued to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Angel Perfirio Saez-Ramirez, who was killed in action while defending his platoon during an ambush in 1967.

November 16, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Rotary Day celebration offers free food, fun

Rotary Club of Dawson County invites the entire community out to Rotary Day at Rotary Island Saturday for a summer celebration featuring free food, music ...

June 22, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Lanier Tech marks 50th commencement

Lanier Technical College held its 2016 commencement Friday night at Free Chapel, awarding 235 degrees, 394 diplomas and 631 certificates.

June 22, 2016 | editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Ministry aims to make sure kids won’t go to bed hungry

Children should go to bed happy, not hungry is the profound theme for volunteers with Meals by Grace

June 22, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


The Dawson County Produce Market will begin in July

The Dawson County Produce Market will officially open at 7:30 a.m. July 6.

June 21, 2016 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Lunches available during summer months

The Dawson County School Nutrition Summer Feeding Program is under way for the months of June and July.

June 21, 2016 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Ministry thrives to help women heal

Jada Fiorentino doesn't like to look back at the life she once lived, the life of drug addition, sexual abuse and self-destruction.

June 15, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Kids to cool off at fire academy

Students interested in emergency services as a career or even just a curiosity can get a feel for what it is all about during the ...

June 15, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Two downtown businesses to split city grant funds

A new art studio and an existing event venue in downtown Dawsonville are set to split $7,500 in grant funding from the city of ...

June 15, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


New church looks to find permanent pastor, location

A new church founded last year in Dawson County, is looking to hire a permanent pastor in the coming months.

June 07, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Illinois company purchases Dawsonville label maker SleeveCo

A leading supplier of high-impact decorative labels announced last week the acquisition of Dawsonville-based SleeveCo.

June 07, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Riding to remember and forget

It may have been a misnomer.

June 07, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Rangers conduct annual water training jump

"Splash!"called out three-year-old Caleb Brown each time a member of the Ranger Brigade parachuted into the water of Lake Lanier earlier last month.

June 07, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Portions of Ga. 400 widening project should open in September

SOUTH FORSYTH -- Though it may have been predicted - and then proven - that traffic on Ga. 400 would get worse before it gets better, a construction ...

June 07, 2016 | By Kayla Robins DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Water wars trial between Georgia, Florida being considered for fall

A trial over Florida allegations that Georgia is drinking up too much of shared water is being eyed for October or November.

June 07, 2016 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Coalition forms locally to combat Zika

A local doctor is encouraging the community to take precautions against the Zika virus.

June 01, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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